Parenting is an extremely challenging experience. Whether you are a first time mommy or not, you would agree to this hands down. Every milestone that your baby crosses brings to you an experience that demands you to change your ways of doing things or getting things done. Among the many challenges that you will face in the initial years of raising your child is the potty training time. No matter what you have read or heard about it, the fact is that potty training is one hell of a task that will leave you complete exhausted, sometimes de-motivated and many times frustrated.
Potty training can be a tedious task. Whether you are an at-home mom or a working mom, potty training will have its own challenges. While it is true that it may be a little more difficult for a working mother, there is no doubt that you will have a lesser struggle if you stay at home. First things first, potty training is only possible when your toddler is able to control the muscles of his bottom and bladder and can identify when he needs to pee or poo. That means, there is no one right age to start potty training. This can be done anytime from 18 months to 36 months. Here is a small guide to help you start and be successful with your toddler potty training.
Choose the right time
Potty training is not an overnight process. It takes time and effort. While it is important that your child develops muscle control, it is also important that you have some time to dedicate to help your child understand when to use the toilet. A good sign for you to start with potty training is when your child is able to sense the urge to pass his urine or stool. This may be while still wearing diapers but you will know that your little one can now understand. Don’t rush in to potty train your little one. Research studies indicate that toddlers who begin their potty training before their 18 months tend to take longer to get trained. The most ideal time to start potty training is after your child’s second birthday.
How to get started?
You will need a potty seat for your toddler. Encourage and motivate your child by saying that he is now grown up and can use the toilet just like you and other elders. This usually gives the little ones some boost and creates some kind of excitement in them. Also, start keeping the potty seat at convenient reach and let your child understand to use it. Inspire him to use it by fixing rewards for him for not wetting the diaper and using the potty seat instead. Above all, make sure that you make him sit on the potty seat the moment he wakes up from sleep or a day-time nap. You should do this immediately before he wets his diaper and reward him. This will motivate your little one a lot.
Accidents happen, don’t get upset over them
Your child will not learn to use the toilet the day you start the potty training. This is a practice that will require some getting used to. So, after a few days of letting him use the potty seat, you decide to let him go without the diaper, expect some follies. He may just pass out and not realize. This is a trying time for you and you have to show extreme levels of patience. But be rest assured, he will learn from every mistake.
Getting into routine; set reminders
Keep reminding your child every once in a while to use the potty seat. Don’t force him to sit on the potty seat but keep checking his diaper. Getting your child into a routine is important but not without his consent.